Lakers' Best Bet Is to Boost Russell Westbrook's Trade Value On the Court

By: The Trend Wire

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Russell Westbrook's tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has not been good

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Even if you wanted sugarcoating, there isn't much of it available.

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In his 78 outings, L.A. went 31–47. There were only two NBA scorers who were less effective

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according to Basketball Reference's points added (Julius Randle and Reggie Jackson)

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Without LeBron James, the Lakers averaged a rebuilding-worthy minus-6.3 points per 100 possessions when he played.

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After a season like that, it's understandable why Westbrook's trade value appears to be negative. 

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He can do a few things to start contributing again (more on that later), but the Lakers would have to wait until the season to see what they are.

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Furthermore, it is not surprising that his performance serves as the setting for some off-season drama.

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The animosity that developed as a result of Russ' bad fit was palpable by the time Westbrook and LeBron found themselves in the same building during summer league.

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On Monday, though, we read some encouraging news regarding the collaboration between L.A. and Westbrook for the first time in several months.